Plenary Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 Registration/Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, 3rd District of Oregon
9:15 – 10:00 Dave Robertson, Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Resiliency, Portland General Electric
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 SB 1547: Coal-to-Clean One Year Later
One year after the historic Clean Energy Bill, how are we doing? Amidst an uncertain political landscape will Oregon continue as a clean energy leader? Panelists will address the current context for advancing clean energy in Oregon and examine the progress being made towards the energy resource mix of the future.

Moderator:  Wendy Gerlitz, Policy Director, NW Energy Coalition 

Speakers:  
- Franco Albi, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning, Portland General Electric
- Julie Peacock, Senior Policy Advisor, Oregon Public Utility Commission
- Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director, Renewable Northwest

- Rebecca Smith, Senior Energy Policy Analyst, Oregon Dept. of Energy 

11:15 – 12:15

Solar 2.0: Second Generation Solar Farms
Now that we have batteries… Hear how redesigned solar farms integrated with batteries can provide a power source far more reliable and less intermittent than the solar farms being built today. Panelists will examine the value proposition in detail and show how this model can be used to reduce the need for additional (new) natural gas generation resources.

Moderator:  David Brown, Senior Principal, Obsidian Renewables, LLC

Speakers:  
- Garrett Cope, Field Operations Manager, Swinerton Renewable Energy
- Alan Hickenbottom, Principal, Latitude45 Associates

                       

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch 
Steve Brown, CEO, Possibility & Purpose, LLC, The Bald Futurist
Preparing for a Post-Mobile World: Futurist Steve Brown describes the major building blocks of the post-mobile era and how you can use them to transform your business, create new value, and stay ahead of your competition.
1:45 – 2:45

Utility Thought Leadership
Hear from representatives of key Oregon utilities about their perspectives on strategic issues facing their industry including customer engagement, the changing concept of value delivery, the role and challenge of distributed energy, resiliency, and the pathway to grid modernization.

Moderator: Betsy Kauffman, Renewable Energy Sector Lead, Energy Trust of Oregon

Speakers:
- Bill Edmonds, Director, Environmental Policy & Sustainability, NW Natural
- Debra Smith, General Manager, Central Lincoln PUD
- Mary Wiencke, Environmental Policy Director, PacifiCorp

2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00

Efficiency & Market Transformation
Market transformation is the strategic process of intervening in a market to create lasting change. Transforming markets toward an enduring energy efficient future necessitates change that supports efficiency beyond traditional incentives. Explore developments in codes and standards, along with creative strategies for shifting current practices and market behavior while overcoming barriers.

Moderator: Sam Baraso, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Sustainability, Multnomah County

Speakers: 
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Kyle Diesner, Policy Analyst, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland
- Christopher Dymond, Senior Product Manager, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
- Tim Miller, CEO, Enhabit

 

4:00 – 4:45 Michael Colgrove, Executive Director, Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is dedicated to helping 1.5 million utility customers in Oregon and southwest Washington save energy and generate renewable power. Energy Trust provides comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy programs whose success is measured in kilowatt hours of electricity saved or produced with renewable energy, therms of natural gas saved and efficient and effective delivery of services to utility customers.

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:00 Reception